Report: Ohio St. has COVID issues; CFP finals could be delayed

If the CFP finals get pushed back to Jan. 18, it would give Alabama star WR Jaylen Waddle more time to get closer to 100-percent healthy.

According to a report from AL.com’s Matt Zenitz and John Talty, the Ohio State Buckeyes football team is dealing with COVID-19 issues that have prompted preliminary discussions of pushing the College Football Playoff finals on Jan. 11 back by a week.

The CFP has been prepared for this potential delay and has Hard Rock Stadium in Miami booked for Jan. 18 as well as this Monday.

No official decision has been made, although the report indicates that the Buckeyes could possibly be without a complete position group due to positive tests and related protocols.

As of Tuesday afternoon (1/5/21), most books had Alabama listed as a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 75.5.

A delay could be good for the Buckeyes in terms of star quarterback Justin Fields’s injuries to his ribs getting more time to heal. Obviously, it might allow players who have recently tested positive to also play in this crucial game.

However, Alabama could also benefit in that it would give dynamic wide receiver Jaylen Waddle more time to heal. Waddle sustained a broken ankle that required surgery in a 48-17 win at Tennessee on Oct. 24.

Talty reported on Monday that Waddle would make his return to practice today. In Alabama’s first four games, Waddle had 25 catches for 557 yards and four touchdowns.

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